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January 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • ADRN - First Friday Open House
  • Leadership Austin: Engage Breakfast Series
  • Ethics Accelerator Workshop: "Tone From The Top"
  • The Real Goodwill Tour
  • RecognizeGood GOODTalks
  • Mission Capital: Board Essentials
  • Mission Capital: How to Recruit Great Board Members
  • Mission Capital: WilCo Breakfast: How Can Mission Capital Serve You
  • ACC's Center for Nonprofit Studies: Nonprofit Employment
  • Mission Capital: Membership Webinar
  • Annual YNPN Kick-OFF & Committee Crawl
  • GivingCity Austin with Monica Maldonado Williams
  • A Century of Caring Tour
  • GivingCity Austin with Monica Maldonado Williams
  • YNPN: Speaker Series | Conflict Management
  • Mission Capital: Supervising People


Communities In Schools of Central Texas is looking for adult role models to serve as mentors. Mentors provide caring, consistant, and engaging support for a student for the duration of the school year. Mentoring takes place directly on campus for roughly one hour a week during the traditional school day.

Volunteer to help elders for the activities you enjoy, on a schedule that works best for you. Go to to create a volunteer profile and start today!
Ongoing volunteer opportunities
Particular: Lady Bird Lake bed maintenance
Garden mentor
FundraisingGeneral: You can also sign up as a general volunteer to be included in ad hoc opportunities as they arise.Sign-up: Please use our Online Volunteer Sign-Up form.
You can let us know in the notes section if you have any particular interests or skills you would like to share with us.
If you have a question or suggestion that requires a response, we ask that you use our Contact Us form for that.To volunteer for Dig-Ins, please go to the Dig-Ins main page.If you are unsure what to choose now, but would like to stay informed, you can join our email list (see left column) to be notified about upcoming events and opportunities, and to receive our newsletter.For all other questions or communications, please use our Contact Us form.
“Volunteers play a vital role in transforming the lives of our Club members. Just a few hours a week can have a tremendous impact on a child’s life. Our Club offer opportunities for adults to work directly with youth as homework helpers and tutors, activities assistants, and offering college preparation support. We also welcome groups and organizations seeking one-day, project-based volunteer opportunities. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to help within a Club. A minimum commitment of 2 hours per week for 12 weeks is required.Before serving in a Club, Volunteers are asked to complete the following steps:
1. RSVP for and attend a Volunteer Orientation.
(See Volunteer Opportunity Calendar for dates & times)
2. Complete an Application & Background Check
3. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Acree at
or (512) 228-6780 for more information.Group Volunteering
Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We look forward to working with your group on a special project or event for the Clubs. Here’s how you can help us.On an ongoing basis, groups can offer regular assistance with programs like Power Hour, arts classes, and HOT Spot computer labs. Group members may come in weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.On a one-time basis, groups can:
• Sponsor a special event for Club members.
• Run games and supervise activities at National Day for Kids and other events.
• Put on a performance that showcases your group’s skills — a concert, art show, or play.
• Give our Club facilities a makeover by offering maintenance, renovation, and/or landscaping.To get started, complete the following steps:
1. Complete a Group Volunteer Application
2. Complete a Group Volunteer Agreement
3. Have a Planning Meeting with Volunteer Coordinator or Club DirectorGroups are asked to contact us at least three (3) weeks in advance if they are interested in a special project. Because of Club schedules and facilities, we are not able to accommodate every group request to volunteer.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (512) 444-7199”

“Help a senior get out of their house and make a new friend. (Loneliness is a huge issue for seniors who stop driving.)Take a senior grocery shopping while you shop too. (Most seniors can go anytime you want to shop.)

Help a senior get to vital medical appointments (seniors who no longer drive tend to not go to medical appts as often as they should.)

Take your children or spouse with you to help out a senior.

No long term committments. You choose from an online list of needs in your area.

Driver’s License Needed
Background Check
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
varies, but it is up to you
No regular commitment required”

“Spark a passion! Impart your life-long learning and experience to mentor college students in your field. As a mentor, you decide the length of the mentorship and have the flexibility of meeting online or in-person.Enhance your coaching, communication, and leadership skills
Experience both personal and professional growth
Foster the next generation by serving as a role model
What are you waiting for? Become a Mentor!studentmentor.orgYour Choice: Online or In-person
Austin, TX 78701 “
“The Apartment Set-up volunteer helps create a welcoming environment for refugees arriving in the Austin area by setting-up apartments prior to their arrival. Apartment set-up will include grocery shopping for basic items needed in an apartment utilizing a list provided by the resettlement specialist. Volunteers will put all household goods in their respective places.

“The Austin Public Library is seeking individuals to serve as facilitators for the Talk Time program.We are looking to fill the following openings:

Tuesdays from 11am-12pm at the Southeast Branch (5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., 78744)

Fridays from 1:30p-2:3-pm at the Cepeda Branch (651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd, 78702). This opportunity starts in September.

Talk Time is not an English class, but rather a place to fine tune your English in a relaxed environment. Volunteers facilitate conversation to help and encourage participants to speak English in a safe and non-threatening environment. Volunteers facilitate should have the following skills:

Patience and a willingness to listen
Comfortable leading small groups in conversation
Sensitivity to potential differences in cultures
Mastery of the English language
Ability to promote communication among groups
Be 18 years or older
Commit to attending weekly sessions for the duration of the program (3-4 months)
All volunteers will need to complete the Austin Public Library’s volunteer process (including application and criminal background investigation) and orientation. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at or go to our webpage at

Generation SERVE offers a wide variety of hands-on youth and family volunteer opportunities suitable for children ages 3 – 17! The Family Volunteering, Service Learning, and Youth Leadership programs support 100 local nonprofit organizations.

Generation SERVE makes it easy to incorporate community service into your family’s busy schedule. Visit to see Family Volunteering opportunities available!

Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells both new and used building supplies. All of the profits go towards our program. We’re looking for regular volunteers! The ReStore is open on Mondays-Saturdays from 9:00-6:00. You DO NOT need to schedule in advance. Perfect for someone who has retail experience or is very knowledgeable about building materials. Please contact (512) 478-2165 for more information.
“Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious lunch-time meals to the homes of eight to twelve homebound elderly or disabled clients who can no longer prepare balanced meals for themselves. Individual volunteers drive one lunch hour per weekday (please note Meal Delivery operations take place M-F from 11am-1pm). Volunteers should arrive at their prearranged pick-up site between 11:00-11:45 and 11:00-11:20 at our rural/ out lying pick-up sites.
The first steps to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer include filling out an application and attending volunteer orientation training. Orientation is held every Thursday at 12:15 at our Central Kitchen location, 3227 E. 5th Street, or by appointment to schedule different time/day. It takes approximately 1-1.5hrs to complete.
* NOTE: If you are unable to attend Thursday’s training session, you may contact Denise Jimenez, Volunteer Recruiter, to set up a training session by appointment. She may be reached at 476-6325 x143. Volunteers will be asked to provide copies of both driver’s license and car insurance, and allow us to run a criminal background check. All volunteers must be 18 years of age; minors are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult.Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer Meal Delivery Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients on the day(s) scheduled.
Meals on Two Wheels volunteers deliver meals via bike on certain routes in East Austin.Substitute Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients as a back-up driver when the regular volunteer meal delivery driver is unable to take the route. Much like a substitute teacher, the substitute driver does not have a permanent weekly route, but is called as needed.Volunteer Meal Managers coordinate meal distribution for volunteer drivers at a given pick–up site as assigned.If you are interested in volunteering please contact Denise Jimenez djimenez@mealsonwheelsandmore.orgMeals & Pick-Up Sites
Menus are planned and prepared under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian (RD). We offer various meal choices in order to meet the special dietary needs of our clients. Meals are prepared at the Central Kitchen location where they are pick-ed up by volunteers and distributed to our 13 other pick-up sites throughout the Austin Area so that we may serve not only Austin Metro, but outlying areas as well.Case Management
In addition to the nutritious food they receive, each Meals on Wheels client has an assigned case manager who provides home visits, receives calls from clients and the client’s friends and family members, and ensures that basic living needs are met. Case managers refer clients to our internal programs, such as the Handy Wheels program and the Groceries to Go program, as well as to programs offered by the City, County, and other community-based organizations.

The Wildflower Center could not exist without the support of our volunteers. These generous supporters donate tens of thousands of hours a year serving the mission of the Center. Every day volunteers are tending the gardens, assisting researchers, or communicating with members.Available Volunteer Opportunities
•With our new family garden, we are especially looking for volunteers who can help instill that wonderment and love of nature, plants and place in the next generation. Who inspired you? And could you help us inspire the next Lady Bird Johnson and John Muir?
•Perhaps your interests match one of the current needs in our gift store, public tours, or family events. See more details by clicking the link below for currently available volunteer opportunities.
Currently available volunteer opportunities and application: volunteer opportunities Positions
Behind every plant and every program at the Wildflower Center are supporters who work to inspire others to love the land to make Lady Bird’s vision a reality. To see the many areas volunteers are contributing, follow the link below.
Get more information on volunteer positions : of Being a Volunteer at the Wildflower Center
The benefits of volunteer service are both intangible and immeasurable, the Wildflower Center recognizes your time and commitment by extending the following benefits:
•5 percent Store discount
•Invitations to exclusive events and sales
•Advance notice of public events
•Yearly awards and ongoing recognition
•Access to staff knowledge
Plus, you may gain a few new skills, develop a friendship or two and of course have fun!

“We depend on our volunteers to help keep things running smoothly at Thundering Paws. It takes a lot of time and effort to care for 50+ active animals!Donate your Time

Volunteers can do a number of things to help:
• Working onsite cleaning, feeding, petting, and socializing our animals
• Fostering animals in your home
• Taking animals to and from adoption
• Transporting animals to or from spay and neuter clinics and veterinarians

Donate your Skills

If you are a professional (or amateur!) with the following skills, we would love for you to help us out!
• Veterinary services, particularly spay/neuters (four a month would be great!)
• Yard work, tree trimming, or trash removal
• Animal training
• Legal services from a lawyer specializing in non-profits
• Electrician, carpentry, plumbing, or drywall services
• Research and write grants

Choose your own hours and your job! Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

Thundering Paws – Central Texas Animal Sanctuary
P.O. Box 1555
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620-1555
(512) 402-9725

“Who is CASA? CASA volunteers are people like you. They are teachers, business people, retirees and grandparents. CASA volunteers want to make certain the voices of abused and neglected children are heard in an over-burdened child welfare system.To Become a CASA volunteer means
you are:
Willing to commit at least one year of your time
Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
Willing to participate in an in-depth training program
Able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks
Over age 21What do CASA volunteers do?
CASA volunteers get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in the child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers.They use the information they gather to report to the court and to advocate for the child’s needs in the foster care system. CASA volunteers commit to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests until the child finds a safe, permanent home.Read our Frequently Asked Questions about being a CASA volunteer. your local CASA Program

“Volunteers are what make Sustainable Food Center so successful! Every year, SFC relies on the energy and time of hundreds of volunteers to keep our programs going. Without their devotion, SFC would not be able to help more than 350,000 Central Texans access healthy, affordable, locally-grown food annually.

Volunteer Orientations
All new volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation, pay a $10 administration fee, and complete a criminal background check. See our upcoming orientation dates below.

August 12, 2015

September 10, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities vary from week to week and month to month. SFC offers episodic opportunities on any given day of the week as well as committed on-going opportunities.

Group Volunteer Opportunities / Corporate Development
SFC offers several group projects throughout the year. Groups do not need to go through an orientation, but will be trained on-site. SFC accepts groups of 15 and more.

Citizen Gardener Volunteers
Are you a Citizen Gardener student looking for volunteer opportunities to fulfill your 10 hours of community service? If the answer is yes, then you do not need to attend an SFC volunteer orientation. Below is a list of hands-on, volunteering opportunities at nearby gardens and farms that you can attend to complete your volunteer requirements.

Community Service
If you are looking to complete hours for school, community service, or to simply “build” your resume, we have one opportunity for you.

Paula Arciniega, Volunteer Coordinator
p: 512-220-1091

“We always need new volunteers to join our family of friends. We do have strict guidelines and we feel it is a privilege to work with the little horses and the mini team. If you would like to join us, please read the below and email us at for an application. We will send you an application, along with our mini brochure, our Visits FAQ and other interesting info about our non-profit.You must have an APPROVED application on file
Our minimum volunteer age is 14 (many facilites require volunteers be at least 16years old, regardless of parent being present). Clarification of AGE RESTRICTED will show on the calendar
Any volunteer under the age of 16 years old, must be accompanied by a PARENT
We require 2 visits PER MONTH to remain an active ADULT volunteer (approx. 6 – 8 hrs per month)
We require 1 visit PER MONTH to remain an active STUDENT volunteer (college and high school) except during months of finals and breaks
A $20 Admin donation will be requested to cover your volunteer packet and logo print t-shirt which you received at Training
“For specific questions about our Mentor recruitment process, contact Walker Hendry at 512.320.8899 or email MENTORS@EXPLOREAUSTIN.ORGImportant Dates for 2016 Mentor Selections:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
Interviews with the Mentor Selection Committee: January 1 – 30, 2016
Final Selections: February 1, 2016
New Mentor Campout: February 6-7, 2016”

“The talents and dedication of our volunteers help make us who we are — we simply could not do what we do without them! There are opportunities to help in almost every area of the organization whether you want to be hands-on with the animals, working with our clients in the front office, or manning our busy phones. Simply put, if you love animals and have time to give, we can put you to work!How to volunteer

Animal Trustees of Austin was founded and supported by volunteers. That volunteer spirit continues today. These are the steps to become part of the ATA volunteer family:
1. Be sure that you meet our requirements: •Must be 18 years of age
•Responsible and reliable
•Can make a six-month commitment of at least three hours per week
•Able to complete training required

2. Complete online volunteer application:

3. Complete orientation / tour
Once you have decided to join the Animal Trustees family as a volunteer you will be scheduled for an hour-long tour and orientation so that you can choose your volunteer position and arrange your schedule. Contact the Volunteer Director to make your appointment for your orientation/tour after you have submitted your application.

4. Complete training in your selected program.
The best way to learn is to get your hands dirty, so training consists of shadowing another seasoned volunteer and learning their duties as well as familiarizing yourself with our computers and clients. Depending on your comfort level and selected volunteer duty, this can take one to six training sessions of three hours each, one session per week. Recovery Monitor training is substantially longer.

• Check – In – Greet clients, patient check-in and paperwork; Wednesday – Saturday 7:30am – 9:30am
• Check – Out – Patient check-out, review post-operative instructions, cashier and retrieve animals for owners; Wednesday – Saturday 3:30pm – 6:00pm
• Clerical – Check clients in/out, cashier, enter data, and answer phones; Monday – Saturday, 3 hour shifts between 10:00am until 6:00pm
• Confirmation Calls – Call clients and confirm surgical appointments; Tuesday – Saturday, times are flexible between 8:00am until 6:00pm
• Front Office Assistant – Assist front office staff with filing, greeting clients, special projects; Wednesday -Saturday 9:00am until 12:00pm (noon)
• Instrument Sterilization Assistant – Clean and sterilize medical instruments, onsite laundry and special projects; Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am until 1:00pm
• Phones – Answer phones and make appointments; Monday – Saturday, 3 hour shifts between 7:30am and 6pm
• Public Relations, Fundraising, Events – Help staff booths at fairs and events. Other projects as assigned, times and days vary
• Recovery Monitor – Assist during surgical sessions, monitor post-op pets; includes other duties as needed; Wednesday -Saturday, 9:00am until 3:00pm, 3 hour shifts available after training
• Vet Tech Assistant – Offer general support to vet techs: prepare rabies/registration tags, label products, prepare supplies, Monday – Saturday, 3 hour shifts between 10:00am until 6:00pm

“Thank you for your interest in becoming a Non-Residential Member (volunteer) with Back on My Feet! Our organization isn’t possible without amazing people like yourself and we’re excited to get you involved. Everyone interested in running with a Back on My Feet team is required to attend a 60-minute orientation. There’s no obligation to volunteer after attending the session, and we think you will enjoy learning more about us!

At orientation, we will talk about the issue of homelessness, our mission, discuss the role of our Non-Residential Members and answer all of your questions. We will find a team for you to run with and we ask that you commit to running on a consistent basis that works for your schedule (Mondays, every other Monday, all three days, etc.). This consistency means a great deal to the Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) in our program. We understand that life changes and you may need to adjust your schedule. We’re flexible too! Please sign up for an orientation session below.

Each team has a “”CORE”” and these folks take on additional responsibilities to make sure the team is fully functional and organized. These roles include: Team Leader, Social Coordinator, Coach, Organizer and Non-Residential Member Coordinator. The Team Leader is the main point of contact for the team, the Social Coordinator plans the social events, the Coach chooses the routes and helps with running-related questions, the Non-Residential Member Coordinator welcomes new teammates, and the Organizer tracks the mileage and attendance of Members. Check out this informative PDF for more information on these roles and if you are interested in possibly assuming one of these roles, please check the appropriate box below.

Team Info:

Downtown Team
Salvation Army – 501 East Eighth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) operated by Front Steps – 500 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Team meets at the southeast corner of 7th and Trinity Streets
Free parking is available on the street

South Team
Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center – 4216 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78745
Team meets in the front parking lot
Free parking is availabe in the lot

Orientation Info:

Luke’s Locker
115 Sandra Muraida Way, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8676 ”

We have many volunteer opportunities at APA!, visit to see how you can get involved!

“Your professional skills can help small businesses grow and create jobs. Volunteer as a mentor on and make a meaningful connection with a business owner. Mentors join, search for entrepreneurs to assist online, and once connected, serve as a coach and trusted guide.This volunteer opportunity is extremely flexible. You set the schedule and the expectations with your mentee. Meanwhile, our support staff is by your side every step of the way to help you succeed as a mentor.

Some entrepreneurs need a sounding board or general industry advice, while others are looking for targeted technical advising.

Put your business skills to good use and help a small business owner today.

Join at

“”Bill’s advice has been exactly what I needed and I am very grateful that seasoned professionals like him choose to volunteer their time.”” – Tracy, business owner on MicroMentor


Give Back: Entrepreneurs who work with our mentors grow their revenue by an average of $47,300, or 106%. Our 2013 Business Outcomes Report illustrates the real impact mentors make in the lives of small business owners.
Develop your skills: Even though mentors come to the relationship with substantial business experience, they frequently develop new skills as a teacher and coach by mentoring.
Learn from entrepreneurs: Connected entrepreneurs on average spend 10 hours with their mentors. Conversations with entrepreneurs expose mentors to new industries, challenges, experiences, and ideas. Our mentors frequently report that they feel like they get much more than they give.”

“We have lots of fun and flexible volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. From working hands-on with families to behind-the-scenes preparation projects….we have got something for just about everyone. For more information about how to get involved please visit
“There are many ways you can volunteer at Marbridge. From companionship to horticulture therapy, we have a place for you. Marbridge can put your time, talents, services, and products to use to benefit our residents—and we’d be pretty surprised if you didn’t have fun in the process.Help by Volunteering, and More
We’re always working to enhance our ACT programs, to build our scholarship fund and to help pay for the improvements we’re making to enhance the Marbridge campus. You can help us in our mission through donations of money, in kind services, and gifts of your time. In a community like ours, there are always many ways for people to help.Volunteer as an individual
Come be a teacher, a coach or a friend. There’s a lot to do here at Marbridge.Volunteer with Friends
Whether your group comes to work or play, we can find a place for you.For more information on volunteering at Marbridge, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Haley Koop, at or call (512) 282-1144, ext. 1050.”
“We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers.
The Lend a Hand Volunteer Program of The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is dedicated to providing qualified, well-trained volunteers for appropriate placement in a variety of operational areas in support of our mission to safeguard the community’s gifts of blood and tissue with uncompromising quality and excellence in customer service.Transportation Specialist
Transportation Specialists drive blood center vehicles to community blood drives and blood centers in the Central Texas area to pick up blood components. These components are delivered to the Blood and Tissue Center located at 4300 N Lamar Blvd.Blood Drive Assistant
The Blood Drive Assistant greets, welcomes and directs donors at events. Assistants engage with donors by answering basic questions about the donation process. They offer refreshments after donations and provide information about The Blood and Tissue Center programs.Community Outreach Assistant
Volunteers educate the public at health fairs, community events, churches, businesses and schools throughout the Central Texas area on behalf of The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas. They also help recruit blood donors at blood drives.Office Support Assistant
Office Support Assistants help with clerical work in various departments at The Blood and Tissue Center North Lamar Center. Duties may include filing, assisting with mail-outs, data entry, follow-up phone calls, answering phones and assist with preparation for special events.Canteen Host
Canteen Hosts play a pivotal role at our North Lamar Center by serving refreshments, being alert to adverse donor reactions, connecting and engaging with donors.Maintenance Assistant
Maintenance Assistants help with light maintenance duties at our North Lamar Center and other fixed sites. Duties may include painting, washing windows, driving vehicles, building inspections and small repair jobs.”
“We all share the desire to help others, but our gifts, talents, and the amount of time we can commit to volunteering are all different. These differences are our greatest strength and we have opportunities for everyone.Care Teams
Our Care Team Members make up the majority of our volunteers. Simply put, it is an experience that will deeply impact your life just as much as the Care Receiver you and your team are paired up with. The only skill required here is the desire to help another that is in need. The team approach also only asks 4 hours a month from each member.In The Office
Coming to volunteer at the office has its rewards as well! You will get to meet and know the dedicated staff members that come in every day to make this organization a reality. There are a wide variety of opportunities ranging from short term projects to more long term assistance.Special Events
Throughout the year we have several large events that require many extra helping hands. There is no such thing as too much help for our annual gala for instance. That night we need help doing anything from assisting with the silent auction to helping the groups coming to perform set up and tear down.
We also have our One Day Wonder opportunities. These are very specific needs that our Care Receivers have, but that are too large for a single Care Team to take on by themselves, but with the addition of another 10 or so volunteers, the project can be done in a day.Internships
We love our interns! Over the course of the year we have opportunities for college students seeking credit for internships in two areas. One is a social worker internship and requires the student to be on track for a degree in social work and the other is for students that are seeking an internship where they can gain credits in the fields of communication, PR, media and in some cases even computer science.”
“The following is a list of activities that volunteers can help with. Since Harmony’s schedule is very fluid depending on upcoming art shows, music concerts and events, there’s no guarantee that every volunteer job will be available every day. Volunteers that work with Harmony clients must be college-aged or older and have experience in working with people with developmental disabilities.
•Art Assistants
•Music Assistants
•Thrift Store
•Art Shows
•Music Concerts
•General Cleaning & Organizational Duties
•Fundraising Events
•Annual 4th of July Fundraiser in Luckenbach, TX
•Annual Fall CarnivalThe Harmony thrift store, a social enterprise that helps the nonprofit programs continue, is located next door to the art and music studios. Volunteers can help sort donations and perform general duties associated with helping the thrift store run smoothly and efficiently. We always have more work than staff and can always use extra help in the thrift store.Something that is always appreciated from volunteers is help sweeping, wiping tables, vacuuming, cleaning the front glass doors and organizing the art supplies and music equipment / stage area. These duties are important and help to keep the programs running smoothly. Volunteers who are willing to jump in and help out in these areas are very much appreciated!During art and music shows, volunteers are needed to help with the preparation leading up to the events during the weeks before the show. Volunteers are needed to help serve food, greet guests as they arrive, help with the art that’s sold and clean up afterwards. These events and concerts bring in a considerable amount of revenue that helps to keep the art and music programs going and are very important. We always welcome and appreciate extra help from volunteers.If you would like to help Harmony out by becoming a volunteer, download the volunteer application below, fill it out and send it in or bring it in person. Background checks are required before anyone works with Harmony participants.Thank you for your willingness to help. We appreciate you!!!”

“The Austin Public Library is looking for volunteers to help re-shelve books and other materials. Volunteers arrange library materials onto sorting carts in alphabetic and numeric order before shelving the materials in the stacks. Volunteers may also dust shelves, shelf read, and help keep reading areas tidy. This position requires volunteers to push carts up to 40lbs and to bend, stoop, and stretch with or without reasonable accommodations. The position is best suited for those who love to organize. Shifts are 2 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Flexible days/times available and may be found at one of our 23 locations. (check out for more information on our locations.)Contact Volunteer Services at or 512-974-7443 for information. Placement opportunities change daily. Volunteers will need to complete the volunteer application process which includes an application, orientation, and criminal background investigation if a placement is found. Refer to our webpages at for detailed information on our volunteer program. ”

“As a volunteer, you are a treasured member of the Hospice Austin team. Whether you elect to visit patients, share a specific talent or assist a program that interests you, we welcome your support. Our volunteers share our calling to bring comfort and help to others when they need it the most.People 18 years and older give time and talents to support and broaden the work of our organization
Friends or relatives of former hospice patients
People who have heard about Hospice Austin and believe in our work
People from both rural and urban areas
People from all cultures and backgroundsAll Hospice Austin volunteers are encouraged to attend volunteer training. Volunteers who wish to work directly with patients and families must take the volunteer training. Other volunteers who would like to help in the office or at special events receive on-the-job orientation and training.Training sessions are held in Austin twice a year, in February and September.
Each course meets six times over a two-week period. All six are required to complete training.Sessions are held 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays at Hospice Austin’s main office, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road. Our next training will begin September 15 and conclude on September 26, 2015.Hospice Austin volunteers are asked to commit to at least one year of service, unless there are unusual circumstances. Usually, volunteers give about four hours a week with that time being flexible to allow for different schedules.For information on volunteering, please call (512) 342-4700 or (800) 445-3261. Thank you so much for your willingness to help.”

“There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. Training is provided, as needed, to ensure a positive experience.Volunteers help with child care, career mentoring, cooking for families, administrative tasks, Life Skills facilitation, tutoring, fundraising and special events.

•If you are interested in volunteering in Austin, Texas, contact Rachel Grant.”

“Give back to our community through service workAt United Way for Greater Austin, we believe that anyone can be a philanthropist, whether it’s through giving monetary donations or giving time. That’s why we run Hands On Central Texas (HOCT)- the largest volunteer network in Central Texas.

Individual Volunteers

To get involved, individuals can sign up through the HOCT website. We will update you when volunteer opportunities come up throughout the year, including our Days of Service that run in the spring and fall.

We envision a world where all individuals discover their power to make a difference and are equipped as active, engaged citizens.


Hands On Central Texas also coordinates corporate volunteering activities as team building projects. Contact us today to learn more and find a project that’s right for your team.

Nonprofit Organizations

If your organization is a registered 501(c) (3) organization, government agency, neighborhood association, eldercare facility or public school that accepts volunteers regardless of race, ethnic origin/nationality, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability, our volunteer center can assist you in recruiting volunteers to support your organization. Register to become a partner.

Volunteer Project Leader Programs

To support our mission of inspiring, leading and uniting an eclectic community of philanthropists, United Way for Greater Austin’s Volunteer Project Leader (VPL) programs are about empowering individuals to stay involved in our community. We are fueling individual action to grow the next generation of philanthropists who will help Greater Austin can continue to thrive.

The Volunteer Project Leader program is a national training initiative that aims to transform casual volunteers into active community leaders by equipping them with the leadership skills and tools they need to make meaningful and lasting change in their communities

– See more at:”

“Be the role model she’ll always remember.As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

Start the fun now!

Be the role model she’ll always remember.

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

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“Become a Volunteer:
Volunteering is a great way to help support CHF Texas! We always need volunteers to help with our events, hold fundraisers, and more.Join a Fundraising Committee:We have several committees across Texas which need your help:Amplify Austin and CHF TX Statewide Committee
Central Texas Congenital Heart Walk Committee
Houston Golf Tournament Committee
Joaquin’s Clubhouse Committee
Rio Grande Valley Congenital Heart Walk CommitteeJoin the CHF Texas Board of Directors:
We currently have an opening our our Board of Directors for a Sponsorship Coordinator. Applications are due September 15th. The term for this position will end May 31, 2017.Become an Honorary Chair:
Several of the CHF TX fundraiser events have Honorary Chair. This person is featured at the event and their network is used to raise money for CHF TX. Contact us for more information.Host a Fundraiser:
CHF TX is 100% volunteer run. This means anyone can help raise money for CHD Research! You can hold your own fundraiser. Here are some ideas:Currently we are looking for volunteers to contact their local Painting with a Twist and set up a Painting with a Purpose for World Heart Day (end of September), Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month (February), or any time it’s available.
We need volunteers to contact local businesses and ask them to participate in our Change My Heart Paper Icon and Change Collection Campaign for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month (February). Contact for more information.
Volunteers are needed to set up Dining for a Cause events.
Contact to find out how you can start a Congenital Heart Walk in your area.Sign up:
Sign up for our e-newsletter and to help on Event Days – this will keep you in the loop for activities in your area and let you know when we have a volunteer need for an event.Do any of these appeal to you or do you have questions?
Email We need volunteers like you!”

“Urban Roots is a youth development organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. We rely on volunteer support to help us maintain our farm. Volunteers help us with planting, harvesting, preparing produce for market, and whatever else needs to be done.We offer Weekly Volunteer Mornings from 8:30-11:30 on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Community Volunteer Saturdays from 9:00-12:00 on select weeks. More information and a full calendar of opportunities can be found at

No RSVP is required for our Weekly Farm Volunteer Mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may simply show up at the farm on these days at the designated time, and we will put you to work! No experience necessary; all training will be provided. The address is 7651 Delwau Lane, Austin, TX 78725. Please Note: These dates are for individuals and groups smaller than 5 people. If you would like to schedule a volunteer day for your group or organization, please email

On select Saturdays, Youth Farm Interns lead volunteers through the tasks for the day and talk about their experience in our program. Space is limited, so an RSVP is required. Registration links are available here:

All Farm Volunteers:

What to Wear & Bring: You will be working outside the entire time! Wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and dress appropriately for the weather. We recommend sun screen for hot days. Bring a re-fillable water bottle. The farm has drinking water available, but we do not provide cups.

Age Requirement: Our minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old. Children 10-13 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All minors under 18 who are not accompanied by a parent/guardian must have a signed parental consent form on file with Urban Roots. Go to the following link here to download the parental consent form for youth volunteers (form is in English and Spanish):

We work rain or shine! If it is scheduled to rain, the farm work must go on! We have a lot of fun on muddy and rainy days, so please still come help bring in the harvest. We will only cancel in the event of extremely heavy rain or a thunder and lightning storm over the farm. In the event of a cancellation (very rare) we will post it on our Volunteer Days page no later than the day before the scheduled volunteer day.

Groups: All groups with over 5 people must schedule to volunteer ahead of time for both the weekly Farm Volunteer Days and Community Volunteer Saturdays.

We hope to see you on the farm soon!”

“What exactly do we need? We need everything under the sun and no doubt whatever your talent is, we can use it, dog or non-dog related:•Can you talk on the phone and fill out a form?
•Know anything about websites, databases and spreadsheets?
•Got an hour to spend visiting with a prospective home showing them how to care for their new pet?
•Can you do clerical work like data entry, mailings, make copies and/or word processing?
•Can you take dogs to and from the vet, run errands, shuttle supplies?
•Can you make phone calls and/or run errands to set up special events?
•Can you sell hotdogs or Boutique items at a fundraiser?
•Do you have legal or accounting talents?
•Know anything about insurance?
•Can you open your home to a homeless dog (foster)?
•Can you train people, and/or do presentations?
•Know anything about marketing, fundraising, party planning?
•Can you run a computer and do some process management?
•Do you like to write stories, thank you notes, and letters?
•Can you make simple schedules, like to talk to people?
•Do you make things that could be sold at fundraising events?
•Got an eye for merchandising, inventory management or retail?
•Got a talent not listed here? Call us, I’m sure we can use it!Work full time, have a family with a busy schedule, travel a lot, or just have a lot on your plate and wonder how much use a few hours a month could really be? The answer is PLENTY! We have built this group on people who can only give 4 hours a month and if we had 40 of you, we’d be set! We aren’t looking for full-time volunteers (but we’d gladly take some), we are looking for people who can share just some of their time and talent, at their own pace, and on their own schedules. Most of the work we do can be done from anywhere and at any time.If you’d like more information, please contact us on the hotline at (512) 659-GOLD and we’ll be happy to get back to you. Thanks so much for helping GRR become GRReat!

“The Austin Public Library is seeking 3 individuals to serve as facilitators for our Practiquemos Español programs. We are looking to fill an openings:Saturdays from 2-3:30p at the Hampton-Oak Hill Branch (5125 Convict Hill Rd., 78749) 2 volunteers needed AND

Saturdays from 11am-12:30pm at the Faulk Central Library (800 Guadalupe, 78702) 1 volunteer needed

Practiquemos Español is not a Spanish class, but rather a place to fine-tune your Spanish in a relaxed environment. Volunteers facilitate conversation to help and encourage participants to speak Spanish in a safe, non-threatening and relaxed environment. Volunteers should have the following skills:

Patience and a willingness to listen
Comfortable leading small groups in conversation
Sensitivity to potential differences in cultures
Mastery of the Spanish language
Ability to promote communication among groups
Be 18 years and older
Commit to attending weekly sessions for the duration of the program season (3-4 months)
All volunteers will need to complete the Austin Public Library’s volunteer process (including a criminal background investigation) and orientation. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at or go to our webpage at

“1. Complete the online Volunteer Application.For questions contact Breakthrough’s Volunteer Coordinator, at A background check must be cleared before you begin working with Breakthrough students.

2. Sign up for a new volunteer orientation.

Upcoming orientation sessions happen at the Breakthrough office each month. Please email to learn about upcoming orientation dates, and to confirm your place in this initial training. An orientation includes: the history of Breakthrough Austin, current volunteer opportunities, an introduction to the roles, training, availability, and working with Breakthrough students, and a tour of the facilities.

3. Begin volunteering!

Our Volunteer Coordinator will make every attempt to match your interests and availability with Breakthrough’s current volunteer needs. Typically, volunteers interested in tutoring or academic coaching of Breakthrough students commit to a once weekly schedule over the course of a semester or year. Volunteers who would like to make a shorter-term commitment are encouraged to help with special events (mostly afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays), including: phone banks, translation (English-Spanish), workshops, and in the office. Volunteer hours will be tracked for program and funding purposes.

Office Phone: 512-692-9444 ext. 16
Fax: 512-535-4488”

“Interested in volunteering your time, talents, or treasures to benefit local foster children?—GIFT CARDS—
Foster Angels is always in need of gift cards from various local retailers and stores. These gift cards are given to the children directly, allowing them to shop for their very own new clothing, shoes, beds, food, and personal belongings. You can help by contacting local businesses asking for donations in the form of gift cards. We will take any denomination, including gift cards that are partially used. The most requested vendors are Walmart, Target, Ross, JC Penney, Payless Shoes, HEB, IKEA, and Citi Trends. This gift card program is by far our biggest area of need and allows us to continue filling requests for children of all ages in foster care.—ANGEL BOXES—
How about putting together special gift boxes for children in care? This is a great opportunity to directly impact a child’s life and brighten their spirits. Volunteers can shop for items for the children, assemble and decorate the boxes, and write personal letters of encouragement to the children. Foster Angels is happy to reimburse volunteers for any costs, or you may donate and receive a tax receipt. This is a great activity for church groups, volunteer organizations, or individuals. (This is a Summer Volunteer opportunity)—TOY FOR TEENS HOLIDAY SPONSORSHIP DRIVE—
The holidays typically intensify feelings of sadness, loneliness, and uncertainty for foster children. In 2013, Foster Angels will make a big impact in the lives of 24 hand-selected youth in foster care who especially need our help. Volunteers can shop for the items on their wishlists and wrap the gifts. All volunteer work for the Christmas drive will be completed by December 15th. Visit our post under the News and Events page for more information.—BUILD-A-BACKPACK—
Going back to school can be stressful if you do not have the means to be prepared. To ensure that each foster child has the necessary school supplies, during the months of July and August we ask volunteers to shop for backpacks and to fill them with grade appropriate school supplies. Appropriate school supplies lists can be found at many major stores like Walmart and Target as well as the Austin Independent School Districts website.—THROW A PARTY FOR FOSTER ANGELS—
Already hosting a fabulous party or just have the urge to have friends over for a good cause? Make Foster Angels the beneficiary and help foster children! Ask your guests to bring one $25 gift card for each member of their family attending the party. These cards will be given directly to foster children, allowing them to shop for themselves – a giant self-esteem booster. Gift cards are needed from places like Walmart, Target, HEB and Ross. We also accept VISA gift cards. Foster Angels is happy to provide you with brochures and other materials so you can give them to your guests.—ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT—
Would you rather help out behind the scenes? Foster Angels could always use your help with website development, writing a piece in the newsletter, hosting or helping to organize a fundraising event.Thank you for your support and generosity! Please contact Tania ( or 512.732.2329) about any of the opportunities listed above.”

“COHI is a volunteer-powered organization. We are excited to hear about skills that YOU have to support COHI’s mission. Areas of non-clinical support where COHI is often looking for volunteers are data entry, event organizing, and PR/marketing.COHI also accepts applicants for clinical, training, and public health field placements on a rolling basis. Please complete our Volunteer Intake Survey and/or contact Molly Ryan at for questions and additional details.”

“What are the pre-requisites needed to apply to volunteer?
18 years of age
U.S. citizen or current work visa, student visa or green card
Current driver’s license or valid identification card
Ability to volunteer at least 8 hours per month
Have a positive attitude and strictly adhere to our policies, procedures, grooming and Guest Relations Guidelines
Complete an online application
Successfully complete an interview
Also, please note that our volunteer opportunities are primarily long-term. We invest a great deal of resources into our volunteer program and do not offer one-time/short-term community service projects. Thank you!What is the process to volunteer?
Complete the application and return it in one of the following ways:
Mail: Austin Zoo
Attn: Volunteer Program
PO Box 91808
Austin, TX 78709
Drop your application off at our Gift Shop during regular business hours, 9:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Sunday.
We have three shifts available, seven days a week.
2:00pm – 6:00pmVolunteer duties include the following:
Kitchen duties
Food prep for animals
Habitat maintenance
Occasional grounds keeping projects
Assisting in our Gift Shop
Working directly with an animal is rare.Group Volunteer Days
We welcome corporate, civic, collegiate and cultural groups to Austin Zoo to enjoy a volunteer opportunity. We prefer to work with 10-15 individuals in a group setting, larger groups will be considered by special arrangement.
If you are interested in bringing out a group, please send us an email at: INFO@AUSTINZOO.ORG.”

“As a small nonprofit, we depend on incredible volunteers like you to support our families and programs!Interested in volunteering at Family Fun Day? Growing Roots would not be able to host these wonderful Family Fun Day events without the help of volunteers! At each event, the volunteers assist in every part of the day’s activities, including: helping to set up, checking in families as they arrive, serving food, running games and activities, playing with kids on the playground, and most importantly HAVING FUN! Our Family Fun Day advice is always, “”If you’re having a good time as a volunteer, the families are having a good time too!”” Our events can accommodate volunteers as individuals, groups, families, organizations, etc.”

“The Austin Sierra Club is always looking for interested members to volunteer their time in one of our many programs. If you would like to get more involved, fill out the form below, and we will contact you when opportunities are available. Even if your time is limited, we can find somewhere for you to help! We will do our best to match you interests or issues of concern to your volunteer position.
Urgent Needs
__ ‘Newsletter Editor’ (someone familiar with Mailchimp software or willing learn, and produce the Austin Sierra Club monthly newsletter).
__ ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ ( help to round-up volunteers for various Austin Sierra Club events, maintain a volunteer a volunteer data base, assign volunteer tasks ).
__ ‘Fundraising Coordinators’ (plan fun, environmentally oriented events to bring in money for the club, work with individual donors). “
Make a difference to the families who come through our doors
Volunteers make a difference to the families and their children who rely on our “home-away-from-home.” From cooking, cleaning, comforting or by simply being there and helping out in any way, volunteers help us care for our families.We have several ways for you to donate your gift of time and we invite you to find an opportunity that fits you best. Whether it’s volunteering as a group or individually, providing meals for our families or helping at a special event, you will support our families at their moment of greatest need. “
“Whether you want to make an on-line contribution, become a member or make a donation in memory or in honor of someone, your support helps improve the lives of hundreds of developmentally disabled individuals and their families. Your gifts provide them with the support systems and services they need for full participation in their living, learning, work, play and worship communities. Your generosity turns their dreams of living happy, productive lives into reality.
Add value to your organization’s bottom line by becoming a corporate partner. We will work with you to meet your business and marketing goals through our programs and committees. Achieve greater success with your consumers by building a relationship with The Arc of the Capital Area today.
Or you can shop for food and personal items and give back to The Arc at the same time.
The Arc also offers opportunities to make personally rewarding Planned Gifts, including adding The Arc to your will, charitable remainder trusts, IRA gifts, stock gifts, life insurance, real estate gifts and more.Contact:Leslie Archambault, Development and Marketing Director
512.476.7044 x 206
Dawn Hewitt, Development Associate
512.476.7044 x 217”

“As one person you can change the life of our neighbors in need by providing them with nutritious meals that will not only fill their hungry bellies, but will save perfectly good food from a dead-end home in a dumpster. Hunger is a problem we can solve.Volunteering isn’t just about food runs. While getting food from donor to recipient is our core duty, we have many other volunteer opportunities, such as social media producer, photographer, info booth attendant, bicycle program coordinator, and any other job related to keeping a nonprofit running.

Please sign up below with our trusted partner, GivePulse, who has generously donated their service to help us manage our volunteer effort or send a message to”

“Each year hundreds of people give their time to help us achieve our mission. Get in touch to find a way to volunteer your time. We seek individuals and groups to help as one-time volunteers or in an ongoing capacity. We need help with: program assistance, community events, videography and photography, and administrative and fundraising tasks. Volunteering with us is fun and we might even make you wear a funny hat!To get involved, email us at Please include what kind of volunteer or internship opportunity you are looking for (after school volunteering, arts & crafts, special events, etc.), a little bit about your volunteer availability, and any other relevant information.


After School Volunteer

After School Volunteers gain professional experience working with youth, learn new skills in the arts, and make a positive difference in the lives of young people! Volunteers serve as an extra pair of hands for one of our Teaching Artists at an After School program site one day per week throughout the school year. We have After School classes at 40+ campuses in Austin, Bastrop, Manor, Eanes and Del Valle school districts, and each class explores social issues through theatre, art, music, puppets and more. After School Volunteer activities might include prepping art projects, leading games, encouraging and supporting students during class, filming movies, and modeling student behavior. The hours are generally 2:30-5:30pm or 3-6pm weekly. Before volunteering after school, volunteers must pass a criminal background check and attend a volunteer orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Special Event Volunteer

Creative Action holds numerous public events throughout the year to help raise awareness of who we are and what we do, provide fun creative activities for kids and/or raise money to support our programs. These are generally one day events, but some include an orientation or training before the event.

Volunteer Groups

Volunteer Groups are hosted at Creative Action periodically throughout the year for project work-days. Groups help with craft materials and art project prep for our in school programs, building maintenance and beautification, and other creative projects that need extra support. Please email us to find out when we have our next big work day scheduled!

Join us today! Contact Stephanie at to get started.”

Group facilitators volunteer two nights a month from 6pm-9:15pm. There is a pre and post group briefing, groups run generally 80 minutes long and are lead by two volunteer facilitators. We ask our facilitators to consider a year long commitment to their group. Some facilitators choose to be substitutes rather than a designated group facilitator.Before becoming a group facilitator volunteers participate in facilitator training. We offer volunteer training twice a year.MHP OFFICE VOLUNTEERS
My Healing Place is a small non-profit organization, funded in large part by contributions from our generous donors. That being said, we can always use your time and presence to help greet clients and get them settled as they arrive, answer phones and help with light administrative/clerical tasks.ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
My Healing Place is a small non-profit organization, funded in large part by contributions from our generous donors. That being said, we can have numerous ways you can volunteer including: child care during our evening support groups, event coordination, fundraising, special projects, and Board Committee members. We accept volunteer applications year-round.INTERNSHIP
My Healing Place does not currently have any counseling intern openings. However, there are opportunities available for development and marketing internships. Counseling internships are 9-12 month commitments–other internships are 6-12 month commitments.If any of these opportunities sound exciting to you, please complete our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. We will then follow up and schedule a volunteer interview with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our volunteer coordinator Rachel Saffer: rsaffer@myhealingplace.orgThank you for your interest in sharing in the hope, healing and transformation with My Healing Place.”

“Volunteer or InternRP is an organization that uses a bottom-up approach and actively seeks to receive and incorporate the advice and input from all RP team members wherever they are. We are not about exclusive ownership, but about creating partnerships, leveraging resources and forwarding our collective vision and mission through collaboration with our ever-expanding circle of the RP Team. Currently we are seeking volunteers or interns with experience in the following areas:

Graphic Designer
Rainforest Partnership is seeking a creative, contemporary graphic designer with an eye for upscale design. As an organization dedicated to saving rainforests and engaging the community in sustainable living, it is essential that we bring on volunteers as dedicated to our mission as we are. Our graphic design volunteer allows us to communicate our message visually. In a digital world, a mission such as our needs to stand out, and we need your help. Send a sample portfolio to and we will respond to you promptly.

Website Design
Want to save rainforests? Have experience with website construction and design? RP is seeking talented individuals to help us.

Development & Event Planning Internship
Rainforest Partnership is seeking motivated and responsible college students or young professionals looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit over the summer. The Development & Event Planning Intern is required to have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. A potential intern should be self-motivated but also comfortable working with a team and a supervisor.

If you are interested in the internship, please send an updated resume with a cover letter. In the cover letter you should identify which of the responsibilities and areas of fundraising and event planning you are interested in. Email us your resume and cover letter as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format to with the subject line “”Development & Event Planning Internship””

Please send inquires about volunteering with Rainforest Partnership to Depending on the position RP asks for a 3 month-2 year time commitment. However we also constantly have special events and a need for staffing these one-time events if that fits with your schedule better!”

“The Locker’s motto is “Kids Helping Kids.” The first part of this is students generating and implementing projects to support their peers. The second part is giving students in need the tools necessary to ensure success in school.The Locker connects students and the community to collaborate to enrich the lives of everyone involved. Those serving are equally transformed as those that are being served. In our model one does not work without the other.Adult Volunteers
All adult volunteers must complete GISD Volunteer Background Check. Click here to get started.Student Volunteers
Any high school students interested in volunteering do not need a background check.”
If you have some time and a love for cats and dogs, you’re more than welcome at the AHS. Learn the how, when and what of volunteering with us.ORIENTATION
Ready to join our team of 700+ volunteers? Then sign up for an upcoming volunteer orientation.FERAL CAT PROGRAM
Feral cats (or “free-roaming” cats) are everywhere in Central Texas. And you can help curb pet overpopulation by trapping feral cats and bringing them to us to be spayed/neutered. Learn how.VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
It’s not everyday you meet a hero. But here’s where you can meet a few of ours. Check out the volunteers who have not only changed pets’ lives, but saved them, too.FOSTER CARE
As a foster care volunteer, you’ll be the main source of comfort and care for our animals until they’re ready to be adopted into a permanent home.FAQ’S
Read through the How-To and still have questions? There’s a good chance we’ve got the answer for you here.”
“Come help in our mini-warehouse at 5555 N. Lamar Blvd! Whether you’d like to volunteer as an individual or as a group, sorting, counting and packing diapers is a great way to give back to the community. Kids can come too! They will learn early on that helping others is a great thing. If they are little littles, we have a baby/toddler play area for them. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.Just click the date below to sign up and let us know how many spaces to save for you.
Saturday August 29th from 10-11 am
Sunday September 27th from 10-11 am
There are other volunteer opportunities available, from social media to outreach to fundraising. Hosting a diaper drive is one of the biggest ways to help. We’d love to hear from you!”

“Candlelight Ranch relies on a large and committed volunteer base to keep the ranch beautiful and deliver our programs. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups or families across a range of physical limitations. Whether providing hands-on support to deliver the Ranch’s programs, or helping on a special project to keep the ranch beautiful, we appreciate the support of volunteers and couldn’t deliver our mission-based programs without them. All volunteers that work with the youth at the Ranch are screened and must pass a background check. Sign up to volunteer!Here Are Some Example Of Volunteer Opportunities At The Ranch

Keep The Ranch Beautiful
Work Days
Corporate Involvement and Improvement Projects
Community Service and Care
Earth Day Event Volunteer
Program Support Opportunities
Challenge Course Facilitator
Creative support for Arts and Crafts
Yoga and Music Leader
Nature Exploration and Education Program
Team Building Support
Equine Program Support

For more information on volunteering at the Ranch, or volunteering for an event, contact Krista at”

“Become a volunteer.
Volunteering with Refugee Services of Texas is an exciting way to connect with other cultures while providing vital support for refugees that are starting new lives in Texas. There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities available for individuals, businesses, community groups, and faith-based organizations at each of the RST Service Centers.Volunteers may:
Welcome refugee families at the airport
Furnish and set up apartments
Help to establish a social support network for refugee families
Help refugees realize short-term goals
Translate materials or provide interpretation services
Teach English or tutor in conversational English
Teach basic financial management
Provide orientation to refugees regarding the local community, culture, and customs
Provide transportation to medical appointments or to job interviews
Help refugee children enroll in school
Teach job readiness classes
Organize donation drives or fundraising events
Assist in office/administrative dutiesBecome a refugee mentor.
If you are interested in being paired with a refugee or family to help them adjust to their new life in America, consider becoming a refugee mentor. Mentors are individuals that ease the transition to self-sufficiency by establishing a relationship with a refugee or family. Through weekly visits, mentors assist in realizing short-term personal goals and provide education in American culture, language, and systems. A mentor’s goal is to assist refugees in reaching self-sufficiency as quickly as possible through one-on-one guidance, advocacy, and individualized support services.Mentors may:
Be a friend and support network for a refugee family
Help refugees realize short term-goals
Tutor in conversational English
Teach basic financial management
Provide orientation to refugees regarding the local communityAustin
T: (512) 472-9472
F: (512) 377-2233”

“Volunteer at UMLAUFVisitor Services / Front Desk

Visitor Services Volunteers provide excellent customer service and are the first to greet museum visitors. They are responsible for handling museum admissions and gift shop purchases. Volunteers answer questions, offer information about the collection, current exhibits, and occasionally give directions. We also ask that our volunteers commit to at least one three-hour shift a month. We are an art- loving community and this is a wonderful way to meet others that share in our enthusiasm!

Our museum Docents lead guided tours for a diverse audience of visitors about once a month. To be a docent, you must be comfortable speaking in front of small groups and committed to creating a unique and memorable experience for visitors. Docents are always allowed to pick and choose the types of tours they would like to give (high school students, elementary age children, visiting conferences, assisted living groups, etc.). You do not need an Art History degree to be a docent, only an enthusiasm for learning and passion for the arts!
Garden Clean Up

The garden grounds of the Umlauf are an important part of our visitor experience. To help keep these areas beautiful between professional gardening visits, the museum relies on outside groups of enthusiastic volunteers. Once a month, small and large groups can spend 3-5 hours in the morning, sweeping, gardening, and cleaning up the grounds.
If you are an individual with a passion for gardening, we are looking for volunteers to assist in the management of these groups and work with the Museum to create a long-term maintenance plan for seasonal planting.
Special Events

Special Events Volunteers are crucial to the success of events we have at the UMLAUF. They set-up and break down the events, assist in greeting and checking guests in, assist with running activities for the event, interact with our visitors, and much more. The best part is, they get free admission to the event while helping the museum!
For more information about any of the opportunities available, please email”

We are a 100% volunteer-run organization where the donation of time is of great value. If you have a special skill, talent or available resources, we can certainly use your help. Fundraising, event/venue/supply planning, animal transportation, special event coordination, graphic design, art, and marketing/PR are all needed volunteer areas.Athletic
Be a participant, find and coordinate runners, fundraise, promote available dogs, foster dog event guardianPhoto Shoots
Set design, backdrop design, costume design, human prop, promote event, foster dog event guardianHands-on Help*
Transport dogs to vet visits or training, be available on an on-call basis to help Foster Volunteers with individual dog projects
*Must be over 18 years old and experienced/comfortable with dogsEntertainment/Fundraising
Investigate possible event locations, coordinate and run a silent auction, be a licensed bartender, search and recruit professional musicians, publicize and promote eventReady to get started? We’re ready to hear from you!
Fill out the Volunteer Liability Waiver and let us know your interests, professional abilities or skills, and how you might contribute your time to help.”
Imagine helping an at-risk teen find confidence, getting exercise, spending time outside, and communing with horses all in one afternoon. This is the joy of volunteering at Healing with Horses Ranch. Like many non-profits, we thrive on our amazing volunteers, and we need YOU to ensure continued support of our riders and horses.
Get involved through one of these opportunities:
Class Volunteers – Horse handlers and Side Walkers help students and horses during lessons.
Feeding Team – Class volunteers are eligible to become part of the feeding team.
Conditioning Team – Members of the feeding team that also participate as class volunteers are eligible to try out for the conditioning team and help keep our horses in shape.
Facilities Team – Maybe horses aren’t your thing, but have amazing chainsaw skills, love building fences, or can’t get enough time on the tractor.
Office Team
Committee members
Board members”
“Community First! Volunteers
Community First! Village is a 27-acre master-planned community that will provide affordable, sustainable housing, and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.How Can You Help?
farm development
fruit tree care
coop care
lunch for ROADS artists
garden maintenance
harvest & preservation
befriend a resident
food distribution
rabbit care
grounds beautificationTruck Volunteers
Volunteers are the backbone of Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Truck Ministries across the country. Not only do they prepare & deliver meals to homeless in their communities, they also provide them with companionship & a warm, friendly smile.People of varied interests & abilities can help – whether they want to be hands-on or behind the scenes.Current Opportunities
wash trucks
host a food drive
donate socks
prepare meals
go on a delivery
Specific openings will vary from one location to another. Please click the button below for contact info of the Volunteer Coordinator at each location. Please email or call the Volunteer Coordinator directly.For group opportunities, please contact Miranda Roberts, or 512-328-7299.”
“The Refugee Employment Guide supports the client with job search activities or projects, under the guidance of an Employment Specialist. Refugees benefit from guidance of a person experienced in the employment world in the United States. The Refugee Employment Guide may develop new skills in assisting refugees from various international backgrounds – from countries such as Burma, Bhutan, Cuba, Iraq, and Africa – seeking employment and financial stability.
Austin Partners in Education is looking for caring adult volunteers to serve as math and reading coaches to more than 2,000 students in low-income Austin ISD schools. This year, APIE is looking to grow its volunteer base in an effort to fulfill their need at the 11 elementary schools and 6 middle schools they currently serve. To volunteer, contact APIE at or (512) 637-0900.

“VOLUNTEERTexas Humane Heroes is a private, non-profit organization that truly benefits from the involvement of our volunteers. Your valuable time and energy is greatly appreciated.

We Need You! we depend on the passion, hard work, and dedication of volunteers. Meet new people, play with animals, learn new skills, and feel great about your volunteerism!

We have a wide variety of volunteer roles for you to choose from.*


Care for pets in your home. Foster volunteers provide varying levels of care for homeless dogs or cats, ranging from a warm quiet place to promote weight gain, to socializing with humans, noises and new surroundings.

Fosters volunteers may apply via a foster application. Once trained, the Foster volunteer’s name is put on a list to be called to care for kittens or puppies 2-8 weeks of age, as the need arises. Foster animals are brought back to the Texas Humane Heroes after the foster goals are met for those animals.


With the permission and consent of a parent/legal guardian, teens 14-17 years of age can register as a volunteer.

For children 13 and under: There are many children in this age group who would love to work with the animals; unfortunately, we do not have the supervision to offer this as independent volunteer program. However, an adult (over the age of 18), may work as the primary volunteer and the child may accompany the adult during their volunteer time. Please refer to our adult volunteer section for more information or contact”

“CHF TX is looking for volunteers to join the Amplify Austin and CHF Texas Fundraising Committee. Amplify Austin is a 24 hour festival of giving featuring some of the best non-profits in Central Texas.Kick off Party Coordinators are responsible for coordinating kick off parties for Amplify Austin on March 8th.

Amplify Ausitn Day is March 8-9, 2016. The committee will ask fundraisers to participate from all over Texas. Most committee meetings will be virtual so this person can be from anywhere in Texas.

“As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

Start the fun now!

Need to know more? Check out different ways to volunteer, see what girls do at Girl Scouts, or find out how to sign up the girl in your life. ”

“Make a difference in a girl’s life as an after-school club volunteer. Latinitas hosts media enrichment clubs where girls can build confidence through media and technology. Latinitas partners with local schools to offer weekly after-school Latinitas clubs. Our clubs focus on encouraging girls to build confidence through creative multimedia expression. Girls in our clubs will participate in hands-on activities such as writing, photography, filmmaking, blogging and more. Our clubs connect girls with positive role models and encourage girls to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. As a club volunteer, you would assist with mentoring girls (in grades 4-8th) at Latinitas’ After-School Clubs and help guide small team activities and motivate girls to foster a positive self-esteem. Volunteers are asked to volunteer one day a week between the hours 3:30 to 6:00pm. If you are interested, contact us at latinitasld@yahoo.comLatinitas is now recruiting college students who are interested in becoming a part of our Fall Intern team! Latinitas offers exciting editorial, marketing, fundraising, design and event planning internships. Gain career experience, build your resume, gain skills and make a difference. To apply for an internship with Latinitas, submit your resume to”

“Childcare volunteers needed!Warm, responsible individuals are needed to facilitate positive play and supervise young children (18 months- 4 years) while their parents are participating in activities and discussion in a neighboring classroom. Come engage with a diverse group of families by leading crafts and games, offering homework help, and building positive relationships with kids. We will supply you with creative ideas for lesson plans and materials for each week.


experience caring for children
18 years or older
pass a criminal background check
preferably bilingual
Class schedules vary. Volunteers need to commit to one class which will meet 2 hours a week for up to 12 weeks. Email for more details.”

Help our school with a number of different things: Work with Keep Austin Fed and pick up food from restaurants and deliver to our schools, help with playground construction work, help staff with event planning, help plan and create a bigger volunteer program.

“Austin Animal Center is the largest municipal shelter in Central Texas, providing services to around 23,000 animals annually. Last year alone our volunteers donated almost 49,000 hours to help meet the needs of those animals. Our volunteers are an integral part of providing core services to our shelter pets, assistance to the customers that visit us and engaging & educating the community through outreach efforts. Volunteers add that special human connection to the everyday lives of our animals through walking & exercising dogs, socializing cats, assisting the Veterinary Services team and much more. AAC volunteers receive animal behavior training specially designed for the shelter environment, and have the opportunity to apply their own individual skills and experience toward mentoring and leadership roles as well. Depending on your interest, skill set, availability and reason for wanting to help, there is a place for you – whether at AAC, at home, or in the community.The three ways to volunteer with Austin Animal Center are as an individual volunteer, a one-time group volunteer or as a foster care provider:

1)Individual volunteers serve as ongoing volunteers in our program working hands on with the animals, doing customer service and helping our in house Veterinary Services team. Individuals who enroll as a volunteer are expected to contribute a minimum of six hours a month, but are certainly welcome to contribute more. Our volunteer program is very flexible allowing volunteers to be here from 7am-10pm, 365 days a year enabling you to schedule your own shifts, whenever works best for you. There are also many at-home projects and outreach opportunities in the community for our volunteers who can’t make it to the shelter.

To be eligible to be an individual volunteer you must:
-Complete a criminal background investigation
-Complete a fingerprint scan (those who have lived outside Texas in the last 10 years)
-Be at least 13 years of age with an adult of 21+ enrolling as a volunteer with you -Be at least 15 years of age with an adult of 21+ attending orientation with you.

Sign up for an orientation in the New Volunteer Orienatation GivePulse page.

2)One-time group volunteers are volunteers that come with a group of 6-16 people to help walk dogs and/or socialize cats up to twice a month without joining our volunteer program. One-time group shifts usually last 3 hours on a pre-scheduled date.

To be eligible to be a one-time group volunteer you must:
– Have a group of 6-16 participants
-Be at least 17 years of age
-Complete and submit the online request form (on our website). Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

3)Think you might struggle to find the time to visit the shelter and volunteer? Worried about being able to meet the six hour per month volunteer requirement? We may have the perfect solution for you. Become a foster care provider! When you opt to foster an animal, you can accrue impact hours in the Volunteer Program from the comfort of your own home!

We are currently seeking volunteers to foster our longer stay dogs. Opening your home to one of these dogs will not only give them a break from the shelter, it will allow YOU to be their number one advocate! You won’t just be a foster care provider, you will be a photographer, videographer, biographer, a marketing specialist, and an adoption counselor, all while earning impact hours at a rate of two hours for each day that you foster. To get started fostering, please click here to complete the foster application online.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Foster Coordinator directly at and the Volunteer Coordinators directly at

More information is on our website at, click on the volunteer and foster tabs!

We look forward to you joining our team!!”

Want to get involved at Austin Children Shelter? Please reach out and let us know!

“Thank you for your interest in the first ever Texas adult charter high school, The Goodwill Excel Center!The mission of The Goodwill Excel Center is to provide adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and post-secondary education while developing career paths that offer greater employment and career growth opportunities. Our school provides a flexible structure and supportive relationships to help students manage work, life and family concerns as they achieve their educational goals.

The Goodwill Excel Center is the first high-quality, free, public charter school in Austin, Texas for adults 19-50. If you or someone you know is looking for a tuition-free school that provides a high school diploma, The Goodwill Excel Center is an excellent choice.

Volunteer teacher assistants or tutors are needed for:


Exit Level Science and Social Studies TAKS Preparation
Exit Level English Language Arts and Math TAKS PreparationScience

Integrated Physics & Chemistry; BiologyLiteracy Coach

Reading and WritingMath

Elementary Math; Middle School Math; High School: Algebra I; Geometry; Math ModelsSocial Studies

High School: World History; U.S. HistoryEnglish

High School: English I, II, III, and IVComputer Specialists

Monday – Friday 9:20 a.m. – 7:10 p.m.

How you can help…

This is a flexible opportunity is located at 1015 Norwood Park Blvd. with varying times. Interested persons must be willing to complete a volunteer application and background check, and commit to a minimum of 1 hour per week. Goodwill provides curriculum materials, training on best practices and ongoing support.”

“Here at American Youthworks we believe that everyone deserves an education tailored to their individual needs and style. Our young adult students (18-24) find that our diploma and GED programs meet those needs and styles for them, and one-on-one tutors are an essential part of this system. If you have an interest in education and a proficiency in high school levels of math and science, then come join our community! We want tutors Mon-Thursday between 8 and 4, at least an hour commitment per week, flexible to your schedule.Requirements
Proficiency in Math and Science at high school levels, especially if familiar with TAKS test. Ability to get along with surly young adults. Can pass a background check.”